HEPPNER — Fifteen years into the Heppner softball program’s existence, the Mustangs won their first state championship. Seven months later, the first Mustang signed a letter of intent for a major scholarship to play collegiately.
Thursday at the Heppner High library, pitcher Baily Bennett signed her letter to join the Treasure Valley Community College softball team for the 2014 season. Following graduation this spring, the Heppner senior will enroll at TVCC’s Ontario campus.
Bennett led the Mustangs to the Class 2A/1A state softball title last June when her team knocked off Glendale 4-2 at Oregon State University’s Softball Complex in Corvallis. Bennett pitched a complete game in the win to finish the season with a 23-4 record, 193 strikeouts and a 0.44 ERA over 174 innings pitched.